4594.000 Rhus L.

Description of the genus

Trees, shrubs or suffrutices. Leaves alternate, 3-foliolate. Panicles terminal, axillary or both. Flowers unisexual, rarely bisexual, very small (calyx segments usually less than 1 mm, petals usually less than 2 mm). Male flowers: calyx (4-)5(-6)-partite; petals (4-)5(-6), white, green or yellow; stamens 5; pistillode usually 0. Female flowers: calyx and petals similar to male; staminodes frequently present; ovary usually 1-locular. Styles 3. Fruit a spherical or ovoid and flattened drupe, frequently asymmetrical. Seeds ovoid or reniform, flattened. A common genus in Zimbabwe and by no means always an easy one to name. Species of Rhus with toothed leaflets can easily be confused with species of Allophylus. See this note as to how to separate them.

Worldwide: c. 200 species in temperate and warm regions

Zimbabwe: 20 taxa.

Insects associated with this genus:
Bombycomorpha bifascia (Pale eggarlet, Pepper-tree moth) Food plant
Cirina forda (Emperor moth) Food plant
Comostilopsis stillata (Pink-laced Emerald) Food plant
Eagris sabadius Larval foodplant
Rhodogastria amasis (Tri-coloured tiger) Food plant
Rhodometra sacraria (Vestal) Food plant
Rhus longipes var. longipes

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
chirindensis Baker f.W,C,E,SDescription, Image
dentata Thunb.W,C,EDescription, Image
gueinzii Sond.N,S
kirkii Oliv.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
lancea L.f.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
leptodictya DielsN,W,C,E,SImage
longipes Engl. var. longipes N,C,EDescription, Image
lucens Hutch.N,W
lucida L.E,S
magalismontana Sond. subsp. magalismontana W
magalismontana Sond. subsp. trifoliolata (Baker f.) MoffettW,C,SDescription, Image
natalensis Bernh. ex C. KraussW,C,E,SDescription, Image
pyroides Burch. var. gracilis (Engl.) Burtt DavyW,C,E,S
quartiniana A. Rich.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
tenuinervis Engl.N,W,C,E,SImage
tenuipes R. & A. Fern.[End][LR-lc]W,C,E,SDescription
tomentosa L.[LR-lc]EDescription, Image
transvaalensis L.C. LeachE
tumulicola S. Moore var. tumulicola [LR-lc]E
wildii R. & A. Fern.[End][LR-lc]NDescription

Other sources of information about Rhus:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Rhus
Flora of Caprivi: Rhus
Flora of Malawi: Rhus
Flora of Mozambique: Rhus
Flora of Zambia: Rhus
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Rhus

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Rhus
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Rhus
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Rhus
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Rhus
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Rhus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Rhus.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=883, retrieved 27 February 2020

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